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Latinos: Under Attack and Underrepresented

We did our best to keep this episode free from the Naranja Vieja stinking up the White House but there is certainly enough going on in the world to keep Mike Robles and Pedro Rafael Rosado feisty — and that’s exactly how we like them. On this episode the dynamic duo discuss the following:

  • Racist screaming at young woman wearing Puerto Rico shirt gets charged for hate crime.
  • Public Service Announcement: Puerto Ricans are born American citizens.
  • Latinos continue to be attacked both figuratively and literally as evidenced by the horrifying beating of a 91-year-old Mexican man in California.
  • With all that’s going on in the world, now is not the time for civility. Pretending things aren’t as bad as they seem only makes things worse.
  • The real danger is domestic terror, not just for Latinos but for all Americans.
  • A message for wypipo: we know not all of you are racistso STFU about it!
  • Don Francisco and his #metoo moment(s).
  • Latinas are a white man’s Krytonite. (Yes, we went there… LOL!)
  • Hollywood continues to perpetuate the “White Savior” myth and rarely pairs Latinos as leads in romantic comedies. Or in any film for that matter.

A Rough Few Weeks for Us Beaners and Animals

It seems Latinos are under attack from all sides these days. The White House thinks we’re animals, Starbucks calls us beaners and some pendejo racist lawyer in New York City just can’t bear to hear the loveliness that is Castellano — unless, of course, it’s in his law practice. There you can spic it up to your hearts content. All billable hours, ya know.

Be sure to hold onto to something sturdy because Mike Robles and Pedro Rafael Rosado are ready to shake the foundation!

PODCAST: Don’t Let Us Be Misunderstood

Mike and I have returned from the wilderness and are prepared to drop all-new episodes of the show. We are fully aware that we angered a lot of people in our previous installments, and we’d like to say we won’t do that anymore, but the truth is even in this brief conversation we probably offended one or more of you out there. We just can’t help it. Saddle up vaqueros cuz…WE’RE BACK!

We Want You!

We have some fascinating plans for this 2nd season of the Robles & Rosado Podcast including prize giveaways, live tapings, and more. We also plan on featuring more posts from yours truly, Mike, and some of our friends.

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As the saying goes, you’ll be glad you did.

RR 15: Carlos Mencia Will Blow Your Mind

This week we present a special episode of our show and feature a very special guest.

Mike and I had the very distinct honor and pleasure of a visit from comedian and actor Carlos Mencia.

For the few of you reading this who don’t know who he is, Carlos Mencia is one of today’s most popular entertainers. Notice I didn’t qualify that with “Latino” or “Hispanic”. Carlos is one of the funniest and talented entertainers in the U.S.

Period.

The conversation was surprisingly introspective, brutally honest, and much like Carlos’ standup, edgy, controversial and very, very funny.

We discuss his dramatic weight loss, the art and craft of standup, the lack of Latinos in Hollywood, the devastating loss of Robin Williams, immigration and much more.

Carlos Mencia proves he is a fearless performer, a true student of human behavior, and a man paving the way for Latinos in entertainment.

RR 14: MSNBC Keeps Getting It Wrong

We’d like to give Phil Griffin the benefit of the doubt and we desperately want to believe he wasn’t as insulting in person as he came across in pixels.

In reports from the annual convention of the National Association of Hispanic Journalists about his apology for this year’s Cinco de Mayo on-air racist shenanigans, the president of MSNBC sounded smug and patronizing.

Comments like “When I walk by a Mexican restaurant, I get nervous,” and “when I see a sombrero, I get upset” seemed needlessly flip.

Mr. Griffin insists that the cable network’s addition of Telemundo anchor Jose Diaz-Balart to its lineup is an indication of positive change at the liberal-leaning news network.

While it’s a great first step, MSNBC has miles to go before it can claim their world has changed.

Also on this episode we address Republican congressman Mo Brook’s claim that liberals are waging a “war on whites” and how his colleagues across the aisle Luis Gutiérrez and José Serrano have taken off the gloves while going after the GOP on immigration.

Both major political parties are guilty of “Hispandering” and despite the Dems outrage, Latinos are not offended by that word. In a sincere effort to help, Mike offers his alternatives to the controversial portmanteau.

While Mike plays peacemaker I wonder what exactly are these much sought after jobs anti-immigrant protesters and pundits claim undocumented immigrants are taking from “suffering citizens”?

And we end the show on an up note with much needed positive news about Latinos in the U.S.

Yes, there is positive news about Latinos. Don’t look so surprised.

RR 06: The Bromance Continues

According to reports Latinos are faring better financially than Blacks in the United States but in the race for income equality both minority groups have a long way to go to close the gap against Whites.

A Santa Ana, California school cop puts crying teen in a choke-hold, then yells at witnesses to stop speaking Spanish.  The stressed officer obviously had a limited grasp of the language but no need to worry! Mike Robles has a very reasonable solution to the problem of police officers and a second language.

PTSD and other mental health issues are a real concern for veterans returning from Afghanistan and Iraq.  In a very emotional and moving segment, Mike makes the case for why we need to pay more than just lip service to the problems facing our soldiers as they return to civilian life after dealing with the rigors of war.

This week’s bochinche focuses on Rob Lowe and John Leguizamo. The former claims he was too pretty for Hollywood and the latter quietly backs away from claims that he’s Puerto Rican.

Both get the Robles & Rosado treatment.

RR 05: 2 Million Deportations? Blame Thalia…

The root verb of “Chingon” is a vulgarity but Mexicans understand most variations of the word to mean “badass”.  Pizza Patrón, a Texas-based restaurant chain that sells pizzas marketed toward Mexicans, is crying foul over what they feel is censorship as radio networks in the Lone Star state refuse to air ads for their new pizza dubbed “La Chingona”.  Pedro feels the radio networks are well within their rights to ban the Pizza Patrón spots but Mike believes it’s much ado about nothing.

shutterstock_107260595Latinos have shown President Barack Obama enormous support during both of his presidential campaigns so it comes as a shock to many that the United States’ first black President has deported over 2 million undocumented brown immigrants.  Immigration is on Mike’s mind this week and he offers up his unique perspective on this very divisive issue, laying blame on a certain Mexican superstar and a very jealous First Lady.

This week’s Bochinche is centered around actor, director, activist, and boxing expert Rosie Perez.  She shares the details of her long running feud with Jennifer Lopez in her new memoir “Handbook for an Unpredictable Life”.  Also, reports claim Shakira’s man has banned the Colombian singer from featuring men in her music videos but apparently has no problem with her frolicking with a naked Rihanna In front of the cameras. Hmmmmm.

RR 04: Hey NBA, Just Feed Latinos the Rock

Did you catch the Cohetes game last night?  What about the Espuelas? The Toros?

NBA’s Latin Night promotion is front and center on Mike’s mind. While the professional basketball league claims it is addressing a need and owning up to its responsibilities to the Latino community Mike believes it’s really just all about the Benjamins.

This week on the show we also revisit the Saturday Night Live controversy as a new wave of online protests attempt to force NBC and Lorne Michaels to hire Latina performers. We here at Robles & Rosado HQ are shocked that this is still such a hot button issue especially when you consider that we’ve been hammering home a solution to this issue on every one of our episodes so far.

Despite first impressions both Mike and Pedro are positive, happy-go-lucky guys. In an attempt to actively combat the dreaded Latino Crab Syndrome, they lay out a campaign to promote a positive image of Latinos in Hollywood and the media with their #LatinosForLatinos hashtag and series of posts.

To wrap things up, the Bochinche segment focuses on the increasingly ugly child support battle between music superstar Marc Anthony and his beauty queen ex-wife Dayanara Torres.

Robles & Rosado are especially feisty in this episode (and especially funny) but please don’t get upset or offended. We’re just having fun…

RR 03: Crabs In A Bucket Con Salsa

Have you ever noticed what happens when you toss a single live crab into a bucket that has no lid?  The crab will kick itself into survival mode and climb out.  Now, what happens when you put more than one crab into the same bucket?  If one of the crustaceans makes an escape attempt the others do everything in their power to drag him back down.

This week on “Robles & Rosado” Mike and Pedro discuss the crab mentality all too prevalent in our community.  Many successful people have been dragged down instead of lauded for their accomplishments by other Latin@s.  Each positive step forward is a success for all  of us but some members of our personal circles don’t see it that way.

Also on the show, Robles and Rosado prove that growing up in The Bronx more than adequately prepares a person to discuss foreign policy as news organizations in Russia make the case for Crimea to become an unincorporated territory much like Puerto Rico. George Lopez endures a rough week leading up to the debut of his new sitcom “Saint George” on the FX Network and Robert Rodriguez proves it’s good to be “El Rey”.